The Wicklow Way was Ireland’s first waymarked trail and has remained one of the most popular walking routes in Ireland. The Way commences in the southern suburbs of the capital and civilisation is soon left behind as the route moves deep into high, heathery moorland.
2 Days accommodation in a Guesthouse (Single or Twin sharing)
2 Packed lunches
Fees to the guide (experienced hiker based in Dublin) for 3 days
Minibus from Wicklow Way back to Dublin Airport
Flight to Dublin
Hotel on Thursday night in Dublin
Bus from Dublin to Marlay Park (57 min)
Evening dinners and lunch on Friday
Taxis where needed (we will share)
Baggage service around Wicklow Way
There is a service (which carries your bags in between different Guesthouses so you don’t have to carry all your stuff on the hike, it is about £10 per day per bag (So £20 in total for 2 days).
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A REASONABLY GOOD LEVEL OF FITNESS IS REQUIRED AND THE ABILITY TO HIKE FOR 2 1/2 days. YOU ARE REQUIRED TO COME WITH PROPER HIKING SHOES AND WATERPROOF TROUSERS AND TOP.
DAY 1 THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 14th (ARRIVE ANYTIME INTO DUBLIN)
Check into Hotel (Ideally you should find something in the City Centre in and around O’Connell Street) as our bus the next day to Marlay Park goes from there. Otherwise anywhere in the City is fine provided you can get to O’Connell street in the morning (9.30am). You need to make hotel bookings yourself for Thursday night.
DAY 2 FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 15th
We take a bus from Dublin to Marlay Park (57 minutes)
Marlay Park to Knockree Distance: 22km Ascent: 600m Time approx: 7hrs
The trail wanders through the delightful sylvan surroundings of Marlay Park, we then begin the walk’s first ascent southwards towards the Dublin hills and the first of several forest vistas
Passing Kilmashogue (536m), Two Rock and Tibradden mountains the trail descends to reach the Glencullen road at Ballybrack after 9 km. Walking eastwards along the road. The hike then begins the ascent towards Prince William’s Seat (555m) followed by a zigzag descent to the Enniskerry road at about 17km, directly north of Knockree Hill.
DAY 3 SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 16th
Knockree to Roundwood
Distance: 18km Ascent: 500m Time approx: 6.5hrs
The Wicklow Way skirts round to the west of Knockree Hill, descends to cross the Glencree River valley and reaches Crone Wood car park at 22km. From here a steady up hill walk brings the trail via a spectacular viewing point over Powerscourt Waterfall and Deer Park(the imported Japanese Sika deer have long since escaped and inter-bred with the native red deer population of the surrounding uplands).
Soon, trekking into open country, the Dargle is the next river to be crossed, followed by a climb to 650m around the east shoulder of Djouce (pronounced jowsse) (775m). Adjacent to here is a site that’s become part of modern folklore after a Plane Crashed on Djouce Mountain in 1946. From here, the trail goes on to White Hill and at around 31km a raised walkway marks the start of a long descent through Ballinastoe Woods, opening to reveal the wonderful vista of Lough Tay and the Luggala (pronounced lug-a-law) valley, to reach the Roundwood to Sally Gap road at 32km.
A 2km road walk giving fine views high above the valley is followed by a further 5km through the forest at Ballinrush and Ballinafunshoge. This leads to a road at 38km from where a 2km hike, firstly north, then east, leads to Roundwood which has good shops and pubs as well as accommodation.
DAY 4: SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 17th
Roundwood to Glendalough Distance: 12Km Ascent: 350m
Beginning at Roundwood, regain the Wicklow Way just north of Oldbridge. Continue hiking on the public road for a further 3km over Drumray, turning right at 40km onto a lane. This leads to the north-eastern shoulder of Paddock Hill.
The walking route continues over the hill and then descends to cross the Glenmacnass road. We remain on the route which immediately enters Brockagh Forest – with its all too obvious evidence of recent timber harvesting and replanting. This is followed by the hauntingly scenic approach to Glendalough.
THEN LEAVE FOR AIPORT TO CATCH FLIGHTS BACK TO LONDON. FLIGHTS MUST DEPART AFTER 7.30PM
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BAD WEATHER: With all the crazy stuff happening with the weather recently, please note that we may be prevented from doing some of the activities due to unpredictable weather events. If this is the case replacement activities will be offered.
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